Statement from the Department of Health

Date published: 23 March 2020

A patient with COVID-19 has sadly died in a hospital in the greater Belfast area.

The patient was in their late sixties and had underlying health conditions. 


Health Minister Robin Swann said: “My heart goes out to the loved ones of this patient.


“This is the third tragic announcement of this kind I have had to make in recent days. 


“The lethal threat from this virus is very real and we all have to do everything we can to combat it.”

Notes to editors: 

Notes to editors:

  1. Detailed information and advice on coronavirus is available from the Public Health Agency at
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